On Tuesday, 23.05.2017. I woke up, read a FB message, checked the news and cried. I grew in the time when the I.R.A. were all over the news, and we wondered where the next bombing would be. The bombs were in shopping centres, streets, public places. There would sometimes be a warning given. A chance…Read more After the Manchester bomb: Our Manchester
It's ironic. Looking back through this blog, it seems I mainly write posts about coping with hard times, and wondering if I can see God in them. From taking up my guitar and singing church songs when I am just not in the mood for it (here and here) to euthanasing runts, there seems to…Read more When your life needs a Plan B: Life sucks but God is good
“Happiness is not about what the world gives you - happiness is what you think about what the world gives you." Mo Gawdat is a google executive, and talks about how to be happy, and importantly how it is different from having fun. This is the distilled version from Channel 4. The full version follows,…Read more Happiness.
As 2016 stumbles to a close, I gotta say, it's been a weird one. I wrote recently about the deaths I have seen, and now my mind is trying to figure out all this poo-litical stuff. The two big ones are of course Trump and Brexit. It's not the vote or referendum though which is…Read more People power: Do you realise how powerful you are?
For me, 2016 started with death, it has been punctuated by death, and my most prominent memory of the close of the year, will also be of death. For the most part, these deaths have been of prominent public figures; Lemmy, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, amongst others. I reckon if Keith Richard can…Read more Our inheritance
Once in while, you come across something which just grabs you. A work of art, piece of music or a picture. Maybe it's the progression of chords in a song, the way melodies interact with each other. The work of art could be an old oil painting from an artist long gone which captures an…Read more Love
Music plays a big role in the church service. Familiar hymns and songs can help us connect to God. Soft background music welcomes us in the building, or covers the throat clearing during communion, but I wonder what we see when we look at the musicians? Do we just see some folks playing instruments together? …Read more Worshipping in the broken? Here’s how.
Strength is holding on just little while longer. Strength is climbing one more hill. Strength is "maybe tomorrow ... ". Strength is letting go and falling into the unknown. Strength is getting up after you fall down. Strength is starting over. Strength is found on the other side of weakness. Strength is looking your weakness…Read more Strength
Yeah, so .. this gem cropped up on Facebook and I thought I'd share what it brought to mind. The image is of a humorous exchange between, I am guessing, a fictional Sheikh and his son who is studying abroad. ________________ Son: Dear Father, Berlin is wonderful and the people are really nice. Even though,…Read more The Sheikh’s son, the Ferrari and the train
There is some stuff on my mind right now, big things for me. I started talking to God about one of them this morning. Almost immediately a verse from a song and a bible verse came to mind. The verse of the song was from "Thank You" by Jake Hamilton. Thank you for the deserts,…Read more Thank you for the small things